Calamari Stir Fry with Peppers and Cukes
- 1 pound cleaned squid
- 8 ounces rice noodles
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon molasses (not blackstrap)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 red peppers, seeded and cut into strips
- 1 bunch chopped spring onions, whites and greens reserved separately
- One 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, julienned
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
Cut the squid bodies on one side so they open up flat. Score with a sharp knife in a 1/4-inch crosshatch pattern. Slice into 1/2-inch strips. Cut any tentacles in half.
Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and run under cold water until cool.
Stir together the broth, molasses and soy.
Heat the oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over high heat. When it just begins to smoke, add the bell peppers, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, until charred in places and crisp tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the spring onion whites, ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, until very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the squid and sauce to the wok and cook, stirring until the squid is just cooked, about 1 minute. Stir in the lime juice, and then toss the squid mixture with the noodles. Chill until cool, about 30 minutes or up to overnight.
Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the cucumbers and spring onion greens.